Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is Weed's Worst Nightmare
The nation's anointed top lawman thinks you are a bad person.
Remember last week when worried speculation had President-Elect Donald Trump appointing former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as Attorney General? The fear way back then was that Giuliani might mount a federal assault on state’s rights to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.
Go ahead and think of those as the good old days.
The Washington Post has reported that President-Elect Trump intends to install Republican Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. The move would elevate the junior senator from Alabama to the single most powerful law-enforcement position in the land.
Sessions told a Senate hearing in April of this year: “Marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized. It’s in fact a very real danger.”
The U.S. Attorney General is the head of the Department of Justice, and as such commands the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Offices of Legal Policy and Public Affairs.
To sum up, Senator Jeff Sessions is in line to become America's top cop, judge, and jury.
What does Jeff Sessions think about marijuana?
Again, to sum up, Sessions told a Senate hearing in April of this year: “Marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized. It’s in fact a very real danger.”
In case you want to console yourself with a notion that the Senate hearing had caught Sessions on an off day when he was feeling cranky, and he lashed out at weed due to a superficial disagreement with the herb, the Washington Post has more:
“I think one of [Obama's] great failures, it's obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana,” Sessions said at the hearing. “It reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started ‘Just Say No.’ ”
He added that lawmakers and leaders in government needed to foster “knowledge that this drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about . . . and to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
Legal weed opponents are understandably (although not necessarily forgivably) gloating at Trump playing the Sessions card.
Kevin Sabet, of anti-weed warriors Smart Approaches to Marijuana, is one of those self-presumed good people who does not smoke pot. He hailed Sessions as “by far the single most outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization in the U.S. Senate.”
There is always Canada.